Post # 1
We’re looking to plan a late summer 2011 wedding and we have an idea of what we want based on a couple of weddings we attended. One was outside Austin, TX in a nicely appointed rental cabin with 5+ bedrooms. The noon ceremony was outdoors, followed by a buffet lunch, a band playing, then a DJ until around dinnertime when adult guests filtered out and the younger people re-heated their dinner in the kitchen and danced until we dropped. The second was in an Italian villa where everyone stayed in apartments on-site and nearby. Evening ceremony, long sit-down dinner, then dancing after the tables were cleared away until late late night.
Essentially we know we’re looking for a place where we can have a really low-key ceremony on-site, where everyone’s staying at the same place, and where nobody is going to kick us out of the venue at a given time. Off-site catering and being able to bring in our own booze is preferable, but not essential.
What I’m a little lost at is how to make this happen. We’re looking at something in New York or New England, planned afar from California (we’re from the NY area and want to do it closer to home). Does anyone know any good venues or even just resources for finding places like this… kind of between a destination wedding and a traditional reception.
Post # 3
You should probably post this on your local board – you’ll get a lot better replies.
Post # 4
@Lili – yeah, I thought about that, but I don’t know where we’re doing it and I didn’t want to spam every possible board. Plus I’m not even sure what we’re looking for… maybe vacation houses? Or are there places like the one in TX that are really more for events?
Post # 5
I sent you a PM with a suggestion!
Post # 6
I am in NYC, but went to a wedding at Onteria Mountain House a few years ago, and I think it is kinda what you are looking for. It was gorgeous and I know they had the venue for the entire weekend. HTH and good luck!
Post # 7
@Aliciareneephotography & westafer: Thanks for the recommendations! Adding both to my list.
Post # 8
We are getting married at West Branch Resort in Hancock, NY (western catskills). We are very excited about it because we can take over the whole place, our guests can stay in their own log cabins, and in addition to the Lodge where the reception will be, we will have a huge cabin to have the after party in. Since it is only open to the wedding guest, we can esentially do whatever we want. In addition, because it is in a more remote area, the prices are much better compared to other areas.